Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

Astley Park School is committed to providing our students with information, advice and guidance relating to future decisions and careers. As part of this we are evaluating our current programme against all 8 of the Gatsby CEIAG Benchmarks.

The SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit

The SEND Gatsby Joint Statement


Any enquiries regarding Careers education at Astley Park School should be addressed to:

Mrs Karen Wells

Deputy Headteacher

Telephone: 01257 262227



Careers education and guidance programme

The CEIAG programme at Astley Park School follows the principals of the Gatsby benchmark which sets out a framework of good practice:


  • A stable and embedded programme of careers education and guidance
  • Good quality information about future study options, jobs and the labour market
  • Opportunities for advice and support tailored to young people’s needs
  • Subject teaching linked to careers
  • Opportunities to learn from employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Opportunities to hear from representatives of colleges and apprenticeship providers
  • Personal guidance from a professionally qualified careers adviser.


We deliver this framework through a range of activities appropriate to our pupils, that contribute towards work related opportunities in order to help prepare students effectively for adult life these include:


                ·   PSHE

                ·   School Assembly topics

  • Speech and Language/Communication

               ·   School Council

               ·   Peer Mentors

               ·   Apprenticeships

               ·   Informal Target Setting

               ·   Formal Target Setting

               ·   ASDAN PSD Units linked with the world of work

               ·   AQA Stand Alone Units

               ·   Careers Education and Guidance

               ·   Independent Work Experience

               ·   Supported Work Experience

               ·   Group Work Experience

               ·   Work Placements

               ·   Personal and Social Education

               ·   Enrichment Days

               ·   Visitors from Industry and Business

               ·   College vocational link courses

               ·   Cross curricular links

               ·   Professional help through external agencies.

               ·   EHCP Review Process

               ·   Transitional Review Process


Monitoring the education and guidance programme

The Deputy Headteacher has strategic responsibility and oversight for CEIAG. The careers provision and strategy is further supported by a link governor. To ensure that the careers provision remains effective and fully meets the needs of all students, this Deputy Headteacher will conduct an annual review of CEIAG, taking account of destination outcome data and feedback from a range of stakeholders. Any updates based on its outcome will be published on the school website. Destinations Data will be compiled by the year 11 class teachers and made available to the Deputy Headteacher to further inform strategic planning.


Provider access statement

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.


Pupil entitlement - All pupils in Years 8-11 are entitled:


  • to find out about  education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at the post-secondary transition point


  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including education and apprenticeships through assemblies, group discussions and taster events


  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of courses.


Procedure - A provider wishing to request access should contact :

Mrs Karen Wells

Deputy Headteacher

Telephone: 01257 262227




All providers will have to comply with the school safeguarding procedures and present copies of their resources and materials to the Deputy Headteacher prior to them being made available to pupils.


Opportunities for access

A number of events will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.  eg. Assemblies, taster sessions, careers events and parent/carer events.


Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or small meeting room available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available audio visual equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Deputy Headteacher. Providers are welcome to leave copies of their prospectus or other relevant course literature to be used in year groups 8-11, these will then be available to students at lunch and break times.


Reasons for declining requests

The school reserves the right to decline requests for a number of reasons, including (but not restricted to) the following;


  • If the request is not timely


  • If the provider’s input would not be relevant to a particular event


  • If the information is not seen to be in the best interest of pupils


  • If such attendance would provide an imbalanced view of available provision


  • If the information does not support the delivery of impartial Careers Education


In the case of a request being declined the Deputy Headteacher would inform the provider of the decision and the reason why.


If the provider wishes to appeal this decision they can contact the Headteacher


If the provider wishes to appeal the decision received from the Headteacher, they should contact the Chair of Governors at the school.


Work-Related Learning Policy

Our current Work Related Learning Policy includes work experience, community links and careers can be found on our school website Policies Page.


KS4 Curriculum

Our KS4 curriculum can be found on our Curriculum Page.


College Visits / Information Sharing

Information regarding College open days  is shared regularly with parents and carers via our website and groupcall.

College Information

Pupils get the opportunity to attend these events as a class group; information is then shared via class KS4 blogs on our school website.

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Class 11G

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